A huge topic.
Here are some thoughts I'm gleaning.
Joy is a choice.
Forgive, forgive and forgive.
We choose to be hurt.
Talk and think about good things.
Brothers and sisters, think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8 paraphrased)
Does God instruct us to think about ANYTHING negative?
Smile! 😀 It makes you happy.
Celebrate victories. Your own and others. Don't think big. Tell yourself what you did right. Tell your partner what you like about him/her. Tell your child what they did right.
Think of the person you do not like. Is there one good thing about this person? Think about this thing only.
We likely grew up in a family or church or school where you were only told what you did wrong. You have the mentality that you are not enough.
Do you say things like-
"I didn't get enough sleep last night."
"Money doesn't grow on trees!"
"There's way too much to do."
"I can never do it right!"
"Maybe I'm good for something after all."
"I don't have time for that."
There's not enough space."
What do all these statements say?
"There's a scarcity."
Truly? Is the ocean only a few drops of water? Is the air you breathe nearly gone? Is the sky about to fall on you?
No! A thousand times NO!
Live with an abundance mentality.
We have an abundant God.
He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. Psalm 50:10
He wants to give us the kingdom.
Fear not, little flock: for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32
He says ask and I'll give it to you.
For everyone that asketh receiveth... Luke 11:10
He promises rest. (Yes, on earth!)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:2
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11
He says he'll give us feet like deer, wings like eagles, strength like youth.
Habakkuk 3:19; Isaiah 40:31
He wants us to be a joyful people.
In thy presence is fulness of joy...Psalm 16:11
And it all boils down to a choice.
I get to choose these things?
We see... hear.... get -
What we look for. What we want. What we believe in.
Do you believe God when He says He is for you?
If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Do you believe everything is against you?
You get what you believe.
Where is your faith today?
What are you expecting?
Are you choosing joy?
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Psalm 67:3 & 5